This course covers the basic principles of corporate finance and develops the necessary practical tools for financial decisions and corporate valuation.
After a brief introduction, which motivates the goals of a firm against the background of different corporate governance regimes, we will take a closer look at the relationship between stock prices and the cost of equity. In this context, we will discuss practical guidelines to derive the cost of capital for single projects and for the whole firm. We will then cover the determinants of the optimal debt/equity mix and the consequences for a firm’s cost of capital and valuation.
In addition, the course will provide an overview of a firm’s external financing alternatives (debt and equity), with a focus on the security issuance process (IPOs). Additional topics include select issues in corporate governance, such as the board of directors and executive compensation, as well as a brief introduction into mergers and acquisitions (M&A).
- Develop an understanding of different financing sources and their main characteristics
- Become familiar with the concept of weighted average costs of capital (WACC) and the determinants of an optimal capital structure
- Develop practical skills to estimate the cost of capital of a single project or a firm
- Become sensitive to the role of agency problems and information asymmetries in a corporate environment and their impact on financing conditions